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News Release
FOR RELEASE - October 11, 2016
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA, Lamar University To Sign Port Management Education Agreement

Signing to take place at AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention and Expo in New Orleans

On the heels of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding in June to provide mutually-beneficial educational and professional development opportunities to help students and port professionals, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Lamar University on Oct. 26 will sign a program agreement that reflects their shared commitment in preparing port industry professionals and leaders for future opportunities and challenges.

The agreement will be signed at 9:00 a.m. on the final day of AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention and Expo, in New Orleans, Oct. 23-26.

Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAPA is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 140 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.  Home to 15,000 students, Lamar University, located in Beaumont, Texas, is among the fastest growing universities in the state, and is a member of the Texas State University System.

The agreement enables port professionals certified in AAPA’s Professional Port Manager (PPM®) program to earn up to six credit hours in the university’s fully online, graduate degree programs in port management.

The partnership also aims to increase the opportunity for students to pursue a career in port or related maritime industry management. Furthermore, AAPA and Lamar University will agree to continue to identify areas of academic and professional collaboration.

AAPA’s Curriculum Committee, chaired by Dr. Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer for the Port of Long Beach, led this initiative for the Association. For the University, the agreement will be implemented through its new Center for Advances in Port Advancement (CAPM), led by its first executive director, Erik Stromberg. Mr. Stromberg has more than three decades of experience in the port industry, highlighted by his nearly decade-long tenure as CEO of AAPA and subsequent 10-year service as CEO of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.

“The Center,” said AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle, “will advance our industry’s long-standing goal of having academic venues to gain both the theoretical and practical knowledge that will well prepare the next generation of port managers.”

“Lamar University has a tradition of offering programs that are responsive to the needs of our community, the region, the state and the nation,” said Lamar University President Kenneth Evans. “This initiative responds to a need for graduate programs that prepares the next generation of leadership with the practical skills necessary in the dynamic port environment. We are very pleased to have an executive director who brings such a breadth of knowledge and skills in the highly challenging domains of the port and maritime industries.” He concluded by saying Lamar University “will leverage its outstanding faculty expertise and draw the very best from globally sourced experts in the field as lecturers and adjunct faculty.”

WHO: American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Beaumont, Texas’ Lamar University.
WHAT: Signing of a port management education agreement between the two organizations.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2016
WHERE: At AAPA’s 105th Annual Convention and Expo in the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, La. 70130
MEDIA: Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets may request a media pass to open business sessions (Oct. 25-26) by contacting AAPA Public Affairs Director Aaron Ellis ( or 703-684-5700).

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas. Our trade association represents more than 140 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, association members include more than 300 sustaining and associate firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA is dedicated to strengthening the ability of member ports to serve their global customers and create economic and social value for their communities. AAPA promotes the common interests of the port community, and provides leadership on trade, transportation, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations. AAPA also raises awareness among the public, media, and policy makers about the essential role ports play within the global transportation system.

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